PES Leader Gives Up MP Immunity in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has voluntarily given up his immunity as Member of Parliament, according to Bulgarian media.
Bulgarian Parliament chair Mihail Mikov has sent a letter to Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, informing him that Stanishev, who is also president of the Party of European Socialists, has agreed to be prosecuted.
The legal investigation against Stanishev stemmed from the case where he was charged with losing 7 classified documents containing information constituting a state secret, while in office as Prime Minister (2005-2009).
In 2012, the case was returned to the Sofia City Court for retrial, but prosecutors faced difficulties in following the instructions given to them.
In mid-November 2011, the Sofia City Court opened the administrative case against Stanishev on charges of losing classified documents while in office.
The indictment was submitted to the court more than a year after Stanishev was officially charged amid lots of media fuss.
The papers had been handed to him in person and against his signature in the period November 4, 2005 - September 10, 2009, when he was Prime Minister of Bulgaria heading the Three-Way Coalition government of his Socialist Party, the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), and the National Movement for Stability and Prosperity (NSMP) of former Tsar and PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg.
Three of the secret files had been prepared by the State Agency for National Security (DANS), two by the Interior Ministry, one by the Defense Minister and one by NATO.
After an investigation of 20-plus months, the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office issued a ruling with a proposal for imposing a fine as an administrative penalty, reminding that Stanishev had a clear criminal record and that his actions had not caused any material damages.
Under Bulgarian legislation, Stanishev can be fined with up to BGN 5 000.
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